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Cafe Bleu

The Style Council

1984

Cafe Bleu

Album Summary

Café Bleu is the official debut album released by the English band The Style Council. It was released on 16 March 1984, on Polydor Records, produced by Paul Weller with Peter Wilson. It followed the compilation Introducing The Style Council, which was released only in the Netherlands, Canada and Japan. The album was mainly recorded at Solid Bond Studios (owned by Weller) except for the strings which were recorded at CBS.Café Bleu was renamed My Ever Changing Moods in the United States to capitalise on the success of the single of the same name. Café Bleu included a large number of extra musicians, known as Honorary Councillors, including Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt from Everything but the Girl. The album represented a huge shift away from Weller's previous group The Jam and towards incorporating his favoured elements of classic soul, jazz and rap.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4690

Genres

  • Pop
  • New Wave
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Wed May 12 2021
5

Ooooooh so, so smoooooth. I could feel my fingers sliding down my thighs, take the underpass and arrive with such desire in my dark soft tunnel. It's the record that made me fall in love with music...and also anal fingering.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

I’m not a hundred percent sure who this is for, it seems all over the place in tone

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

2 stars for musicianship but what the fuck was this

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

I was enjoying the instrumental tracks, they're quite pleasant so took the edge off the Weller vocal tracks. However, in a completely unexpected swerve, rap happened. From Weller. The second hand embarrassment is too much. What the fuck was he thinking. It's so cringey, it hurts.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Easy listening for pretentious twats.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

A smooth and seamless record, through both its rhythmic jazz and 80s pop backdrop. The Style Council employs colorful chord progressions and brilliantly mastered drums to evoke the 'Cafe Bleu' emotion, and full discretion; to its album's success. Soul meets the blues on this record - although popularly existing hand-in-hand, The Style Council's prior stylistic decisions influence this amalgam, making it a bright and pleasing listen.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Funky soulful jazzy. Not what I would have expected from Paul Welker but very glad I've discovered it

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Wed May 12 2021
3

fuck me, that rap track is epic. meandering along on a sea of cafe jazz waiting patiently for shout to the top to come on and then boom, a super 90s funk rap track that you just know had a keytar involved. would happily have taken an album full of that. extra star for that bad boy.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

An extra star for being Paul Weller. Not sure how the hell he ended up doing this dull and boring record. Now i'm gonna have to go and listen to The Jam.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

The vocal performances aren’t my favorite thing ever, but the songs themselves are really great. From the instrumental jazz to the solo piano and voice tracks to some of the more poppy stuff, there’s a surprising amount of variety. Favorite Track(s): “The Paris Match,” “Dropping Bombs On the Whitehouse,” and “Here’s One That Got Away”

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Really enjoyed this album particularly the first half. While I haven't delved much into the Jam or Style Council it seems like this album pushes more into the direction Paul Weller would go in his solo work. Nice mix of soul, jazz, and pop and a lot of fun to listen to. Favorite songs The Paris Match (noted the Duo from Everything but the Girl are featured on this), My Ever Changing Moods. Give this one 3 stars

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

I liked The Jam (Paul Weller's original band)... I'm not sure about British R&B, personally, but I understand it as a (possibly) important album.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

I really enjoyed the first half of this album a lot. Then it sorta changed around Gospel. Dude started rapping? And like, eh I don't think it's very good. So first half solid, then nose dives.

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Wed May 12 2021
1

Comfortably the worst album we've listened to on this list. I had hitherto been unaware that it was possible to make music that sounds so soulless.

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Wed May 12 2021
1

The piano was annoying at the start. I thought that that was just going to be an intro, but the shit show just continued. Sorry Weller, but it's just a big pile of wank. Utter horse shit. Unacceptable.

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Fri May 20 2022
1

nah, not for me

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Wed Sep 14 2022
1

No words no thank you

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Thu Nov 03 2022
1

Not for me. Probably the quickest I forgot an album. Usually if I do this I will try again but nah

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Mon Nov 07 2022
1

The kindest thing I can say is that it's pretty ambitious with its genre hopping. However, others have done it much better. This was just annoying for the most part. I couldn't wait for it to stop. That rap track...lololololol Kudos for trying, in 1984 no less, but woof was that bad. That's coming from someone who generally enjoys old school sryle hip hop. It probably doesn't deserve a 1, but its getting it for annoying thr shit out of me. That's always a ticket to 1 star town.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
1

This is honestly up there with The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter for bad albums on this list for me. It thinks it's good, that's what bugs me. It's lazy lounge music sung by pretentious jazzy twats who just have to have an accent in the album title. I tried a few songs, skipped to the "hits" on the album, cleaned up the puke on the floor and had to pull out. Would be a zero if I could. Hard pass.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Great, would listen more

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Always loved this album. Grateful for the reminder

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Not sure if this *really* makes the cut for 5 stars or not, but it brightened my day.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Ahh Paul Weller and his then partner DC Lee. Great album with some super tunes on it. Love Mick Talbots Keyboard playing. "The Whole Point of No Return" "The Paris Match" "My Ever Changing Moods" & "Your The Best Thing" highlights but their isn't a bad track on this. I saw Mick Talbot with Jools Holland's Big Band a few years ago. Justifiably on the list!

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Альбом великолепный. Звучит потрясно, музыка в стиле соул/джаз. Это здорово :)

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

Cafe Blew My Mind

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

The Style Council er svo vanmetið verkefni. Algjörlega dásamleg plata hjá þeim. Þessi útgáfa af My Ever Changing Moods er stórfengleg og You're The Best Thing er næstfallegasta ástarlag sem ég veit um.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

This was an unexpected treat! Really great. A lot of very different moods and vibes. Will for sure be returning to this in the near future.

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Wed Nov 25 2020
4

Me ship came in is excellent. I know its the other way but it reminds me of the hellsing OST but less dark and grimy and more open and mellow. Highly stylistic album with a lot of colour in it.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Lots going on here. While I admire the ambition and it does include some belters, it feels a little disjointed and maybe too eclectic to earn 5 stars.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

this record is all over the place - I hear jazz, I hear hip hop, it's enjoyable.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Funky piano, nice mostly peppy sound.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

This was really good! Not quite a 5, but at least 4.5

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I'm liking the sound. Very jazzy funk.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

I love Style Council. Smooth grooves.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Chill parlor music

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

This was a refreshing 80's pop album with a great sound. Has a lot of good and fun production that makes it stick out and it continues to hold up.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Jazz-pop-rock. Mezcla curiosa.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Nice

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Olin jo lannistunut kun näin että levy vuodelta 1984 ja briteistä. Odotin perus kasarimenoa, mutta tämähän olikin yllätyksekseni ihan raikasta menoa ja vähän jatsahtavaakin otetta löytyi. Tätä kuunteli ihan mielellään.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

What starts off as mostly jazzy instrumentals eventually blends in some soul and even some R/B which I gotta say, surprised me in a good way.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Working class Revolution.. with style.. Nice

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

It's actually a good álbum, I didn't think I'd like it as mucho as I do. That combination between synth pop and jazz is like, perfect, so good.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Pretty fucking good

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

hmmm. i don't know what to make of this intro. it was nice enough, let's hope the singer's voice doesn't disappoint. oh second song starts out even nicer. his voice is okay! real nice and imperfect. oh i love this song so much already. "rising up and taking back, the property of every man" uhhh lol. third song: oh so this album wants to be a 5, i see. love the instrumental tracks so far. loving the feature in 'the paris match'. oh i do not like 'a gospel' this will be a 4 after all. also dislike the 'strength of your nature'. the the last couple of tracks are better but not mind blowing like the first seven.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Highlights: The Whole Point Of No Return, You're The Best Thing

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Not really my style, but I'm still impressed.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Piano is solid on it, lots of rhythm

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

why is the cafe blue?

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

A nice surprise. Had a fresh jazzy feel...bouncy. Worth another listen some time

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Back half was weird but it was jazzy and poppy enough to be enjoyable for a lot of it. 8

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Interesting

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Fav songs: - Blue Cafe - You're The Best Thing

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

So smooth!

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

It’s fun! All I can say about it really! Some really good songs in here

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

one of the coolest albums to ever do it? An extremely varied series of jazz-pop builds and rises with little to no payoff, notable if only for the fact no two tracks sound the same.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

This is a very easy listen and one of my favorites so far.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Surprisingly good! I really liked The Jam and thought this was a good exploration outside the mod-sound into new territory that could have been quite risky. Not all of the tracks are amazing but it's consistent despite the variety of genres and style.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I can kind of understand why jazz was incorporated in a good amount of music in the early 80s this was a decent album.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Zaczęło się spoko, później tak sobie 3.5

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

4/5. Pretty varied, but a lil awkward sometimes ngl

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

This was a fun listen. I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it. I think that’s because it plays with so many sounds and styles. I’d listen again from front to back for sure. Totally different feel from The Jam as Paul Weller intended. But still rooted in great songwriting and creativity.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: The Paris match, My ever changing moods, Dropping bombs, Strength of your nature, Council’ meetin

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

“Solid soul-tinged pop songs, including 'My Ever Changing Moods,' 'Headstart for Happiness' and 'You're the Best Thing.’”

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Different and cool, am a sucker for fast piano

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

So halfway through the I thought to myself “this is kinda bonkers.”

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Всегда считал Уэллера рокером (и даже не знал что это его проект) и тут такой, неожиданно, джазовый альбом. Класс! Мне очень понравился

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

So eclectic I kept checking to make sure it was the same album

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Interesting cafe band mellow swing blues jazz fusion !!

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Thu May 12 2022
4

The payoff of diminished expectations, eh? As a British indie kid ca. 2000, The Jam were, like The Clash and The Kinks, part of my heritage; when my mates and I made mixtapes for the car in order to impress each other, a Jam track usually found its way onto our exacting compilations. However, The Style Council never got chosen; the only mate of ours who listened to The Style Council did so as an act of genuflection to his hero Paull Weller. This attitude, by my understanding, is pretty common across the UK: The Jam get praised as a key part of the British canon, and The Style Council get dismissed as a peculiarity by a iconic songwriter fleeing from his previous image. In any case, the sophisti-pop, 80s blue-eyed soul, jazzy instrumentals and (gulp) raps each seem, at first glance, a threat rather than an experiment. But ride me sideways, I rather like it. Paul Weller, giving his reasoning for this iconoclasm against The Jam's kinda thing, pointed out that the kids today in the mid-80s were grooving on down to soul, disco, R&B and other genres rooted in black music, so he and his new bandmate Mick Talbot might find exploring such music rewarding. The discerning listener may note that Mick Talbot was formerly the keyboardist for Dexy's Midnight Runners, the great soul champions of British new wave, so The Style Council were not going into these exotic genres that blindly. And Weller makes a decent enough fist of this more soulful style for Café Bleu to work. The album has 5(!) instrumentals, but neither their smoothness nor their jazziness grates. However, songs like The Paris Match (sung by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl) have moments of real beauty, Strength of Your Nature possesses a fierce pulse, and the rap of A Gospel, remarkably, doesn't embarrass Weller nor the listener, a frankly miraculous turn of events when one contemplates the Wham! Rap and a thousand other sorry stabs at hip-hop by white singers. Now, I said I came into this album with slightly diminished expectations, allowing the album to surprise me with its high quality. So if you read this, I might unintentionally heighten your expectations, possibly leading to a sizeable disappointment. Maybe you should just ignore me.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

I was so ready to hate this album. ANOTHER British New Wave Band??? LOOK at that cover. I knew *exactly* what this was going to sound like... And then I was completely wrong. This was a fun romp that played with a bunch of genres. Sounded like the kind of thing you'd hear in a cafe.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

**6/3/2022 - ALBUM #127** https://open.spotify.com/album/6tF9nPl6x7ACsKZ8alL1he?si=WDF1-mWXT1uAdHxGuK-AAg Today's Album: "Café Bleu" by The Style Council - This album really didn't seem like it was going to blow me away from the front cover and name, but wow this is seriously one of the most compelling albums I've listened to on this generator so far. Like when the first track starts, you think you're in store for this really soulful jazz instrumental album with these really punchy piano playing with a tambourine accompaniment. But then, The Whole Point Of No Return subverts every expectation I had with this really soft, yet powerful guitar ballad about how the rich control everything. Then it's right back to jazz instrumental tracks like nothing happened, the first of which has this really fun Latin groove to it while the second is a super laid back club tune. I at this point really enjoyed how it was mostly instrumental cuts, but then The Paris Match entrances me with yet another slow club song, this time with a really nice female vocalist and at this point I was also noticing the amazing acoustics on the vocal production on the tracks that have vocals. My Ever Changing Moods is definitely the most straightforward track here song-structure wise, but the songwriting itself is actually really great and it's amazing with a really catchy chorus and I am impressed by how much sound is coming out of a simple Piano and Vocal performance. We get another jazz track before a pretty cheesy rap track about gun control. I think it's a decent track with a good message in the lyrics, but I also think it's the point in the album where I like a song slightly less than the rest. Strength of Your Nature is an insanely enjoyable electronic dance track that just goes absolutely nuts with synths and background vocals and I think this was the point in the album where I really felt like there was no consistent theme to the song styles here, but I sort of love it. The rest of the tracks up to the end sort of fit into the same styles we've heard throughout the first 2 legs of the album, but they still all feel really unique from one another and it all lends itself to a pretty outstanding record flow. The closer in particular includes this really upbeat and optimistic organ melody that ends the album on a nice upbeat note. Overall, this is a jampacked record full of fun tracks of a variety of different genres. There definitely is a bit of a range of quality throughout the track list, but I commend the band on just how much sonic ground they cover. Give this one a listen. Period. You will enjoy it. Highlights: Mick's Blessing, The Whole Point Of No Return, Me Ship Came In!, Blue Café, The Paris Match, My Ever Changing Moods, Dropping Bombs On The White House, Strength Of Your Nature, You're The Best Thing, Here's One That Got Away, Headstart For Happiness, Council Meetin' Score: 8/10 An incredibly unique and enjoyable jazz/dance/electronica(?) project

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Enjoyed the instrumental tracks most. Pretty cool stuff.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

cet album n'a aucun sens mais j'ai aimé pas mal de chansons

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

La plus belle voix du PAF

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

It was my sister that first introduced me to the charms of The Style Council. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to dismiss her. As with most of her recommendations, I tended to change my mind and appreciate where she came from as I matured (case in point: this band called The Beatles). Anyway, I'm a bit torn about how I should rate this particular album. On one hand, I really like the more jazzy instrumental tracks. I also like the superb vocals on The Paris Match, and I always had a soft spot for My Ever Changing Moods' lyrics. The rest is, how shall I put it, mediocre? Tracks that haven't aged gracefully? On the positive side, the bulk of this album is included in that first group. Thankfully.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Feels weird giving Weller less than a 4 but there's some shite on here

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Listened before: No Enjoyed: Yes Listens: 3 Very much enjoyed

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Really really enjoyed this album. One of the most relaxing and calming albums I’ve ever listened too. A big 80s lyrical feel too it which just enhances the album with it’s Jazz/Blues undertone. Never listened to hear of this duo before but will definitely be one I’ll be listening too constantly now on. Group members from The Jam and Dexy’s Midnight Runners just makes the album so good both being from world class bands previously. If it was possible I would rate it a high 4.50 felt like it dropped off ever so slightly toward the end. Clear stand out with You’re the best thing. But really enjoyed and will be listening to many more times.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Good music, kind of a chill 80s sound.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Smooooooth

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

zany and eclectic 80s jazzercize pop. enough goofy kitschy cringe to be endearing

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

This is a good album and I will listen to it again.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Beautiful voice

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

The different styles make this album pretty diverse, it's nice to discover

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

quirky, interesting album. Would like to listen more!

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Paul Weller moves from the mod revival of The Jam to something altogether different. A pleasant mix of jazz and funk-equally at home in a Starbucks or while driving on a rainy evening.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

This was a really nice surprise. Funky, jazzy and mellow. Those two house tracks are a bit out of place, mind...

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

I like it. Surprised with the rap in the song "A gospel". The album feels very jammy and is all over the place and doesn't stick to one genre.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Jazz. Pop. La parte jazz, buena, la pop, normalita. Algunos temas instrumentales.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

There’s no doubt that Paul Weller is immensely talented. He founded the punk group The Jam and then did basically a 180 with The Style Council, and although they sound diametrically opposed, both were great groups. He also has a knack for recruiting top shelf musicians such as Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt from Everything But the Girl, who are also a great band. This album starts off rocking with Mick’s Blessings, but where it really shines is with the downtempo tunes like The whole point of no return, Blue cafe, Paris Match (with Tracey Thorn’s lively crooning). The best songs IMO are his slimmed down cover of My ever changing moods and You’re the best thing. I also really enjoyed the up-tempo jazz numbers like Dropping bombs and Council Meetin’. It’s too bad that he dropped a couple of rap songs in here that just sound completely out of place here.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

I got this album on release since I liked the Jam and wanted more music like that. Typical good news / bad news scenario. Bad news: they didn’t sound anything like The Jam. Good news: I really liked it. On release I liked every song on the album except the two singles. Over the years I gave this vinyl a spin occasionally but play side 1 only to avoid the singles. 1001 made me listen to side 2 again and, surprisingly, I now like the singles. I like the genre hopping on this album. The jazz is quite good. The old school is kind of funny so many years later. My favourite song is Paris Match. I particularly enjoy the “glass half full” lyrics: “Empty skies say try to forget. Better advice is to have no regrets“ Tracey Thorn sings this song beautifully. It might be her best singing ever. It’s interesting how some singers deliver better than ever on an album that isn’t their own. The same could be said of Maria McKee’s vocals on “If Love is a red Dress . . .” on the Pulp Fiction sound track

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

The word to describe this is, without a doubt, "fun". One part of me wants to immediately queue it up again, another wants to find something to complain about. I certainly don't think it's too busy, too cheesy, or forgettable. Perhaps it's slightly less musical sophisticated than other albums on this list. One of the most body-activating listens, though. Certainly a strong album at its rating, and I might be underselling it.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

The guitar on the self titled track was tight. The other tracks were cool too but that specifically stuck out

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Blandet landhandel, pop, soul, jazz, rap, sangskrivning, fængende

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Muutama hieno juttu mutta levynä kovin poukkoileva. Pystyi kuuntelmaan ilman vitutusta.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Great variety, variable quality

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Meh

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

A very wild mix of music, from old school rap, to jazz, to pop stuff. Some nice tunes, in particular "The Whole Point of No Return".

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

It was alright. Relaxing and chill.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

pretty decent - paul weller has a big range of styles

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

That was good fun.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Way better than I expected, really enjoyed it at some parts and would definitely list to it again.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

This album is genre-bending at best, or completely different genres at worst. Jazzy, but then you have songs like "A Gospel" which are basically Hip-Hop, then it goes into "Strength of Nature" which is... new wave? I think I like the instrumental jazz pieces the most, the vocals don't add a ton for me.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Pretty nice, more soul than you usually find in new wave

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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

First thing from this list that I actually hadn't heard of before. After reading descriptions online I guess I was expecting something like a Billy Bragg-esque folk rock, which it is definitely not. Interesting and another one that merits revisiting. The rap delivery section in one of the latter half songs has not aged well.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Jazzy, soulful, not bad not bad. Was a bit repetitive to me but everything sounds that way when i'm not concentrating on the music

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Chill and jazzy. Definitely some easy listening.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

This is fun and unexpected. How many times is Paul Weller going to show up on this list?? And quite differently each time. The album really goes downhill for me though as it fractures into different genres - was hoping it would stay in that strange clowny jazz realm they started in.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Cool as a cucumber, but maybe a bit bloodless for soul.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

jazz baby

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Though i'm a huge paul weller fan and there is some cool, soulful lounge act music in here (with a few amazing songs)... there is also enough embarrassing lounge rap that it's hard to enjoy the whole album.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Hmmm, a weird one - I quite liked the slightly jazzy easy listening of the beginning of the album (that apparently maps exactly to the A side of the vinyl) but was much less keen on the more upbeat poppier B side. Especially "A Gospel", which was cringingly bad. Fave track - "My Ever Changing Moods" - makes sense that was a successful single!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Surprising! Generally dislike ol' Weller but this was much better. Clearly should have quit while he was ahead

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Great album for a Sunday morning. Heavy on the instrumentals. A Gospel was a bit unexpected.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Rítmico. Variado. Muy de piano. Buenas voces

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

I thought this album was really fun, I was instantly on board. It made me dance about and I felt a longing for gigs and clubs and accidentally knocking drinks out of strangers hands. There was one love song that was a bit slower which killed that vibe for me a bit. But I guess the variety of the album was kind of why I liked it so maybe I've gotta accept that as part of that.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Some great tracks. And Weller determined to do his own thing. Some shite too tbf.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Pretty good until the ‘rap’ but I guess it was the 80’s rap was a new thing then. 3><4

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Best tof. Beetje alle kanten op qua stijl, maar dat stoorde niet.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

acoustic guitar sets, plus catchy pop tunes with a rap tune also. good listen.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

A bit boring, innit.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

I enjoy listening to this but I'm not that crazy about it. It's got lots of really nice parts and is fun in places. On one hand it's got variety but on the other hand it's a bit inconsistent so difficult to review, but it's mostly jazzy and bluesy numbers. Favourites are "The Paris Match" and "You're The Best Thing".

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

A kind of Girl from Ipanema vibe

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

This album is interesting. Half of it is like if Ben Folds Five made a jazz album and half of it is intricate new wave pop. Pretty cool overall.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

cool

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Liked A Gospel on more than the first half

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

I found it a rather average album I didn’t hate the album but didn’t love it and none of the songs really stood out

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Instrumental for the most part. Jazzy and fun. Like it.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

This album was kind of all over the place but I enjoyed it. Favourite track was My Ever Changing Moods.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Slow jazz Relaxing 3.5/4

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Seemed like they tried to be decent at about 9 different genres of music rather than excel in one genre.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

- nice enough vibes, oddly out of period - accessible, diverse jazz - strong musicianship, no band ~sound~ though - less said about A Gospel the better.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

// Favs: – Score: Decent 3

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Good album. Interesting. Best songs: Paris Match, A Gospel, My Ever Changing World, You're the Best Thing.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Gaaanz schlechte 3. Paul Weller ist aber ein guter.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Bit jazzier than I’d hoped for…. I like all the stuff I’d heard previously so I’m a bit disappointed by this long player. Not too bad though.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Half of this album is a solid 4. But overall, I'm giving it a 3/5.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

6/10. Not especially memorable, but sounded pleasant throughout. Possibly one to visit and to revise scoring on in the future.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

A lot of variety on this, which was interesting. I liked the instrumental jazz a lot, but the hip hop styled track was pretty bad. I didn’t like the male vocal performance, it sounded very affected. Overall nice to listen to, I probably won’t revisit it though 6/10

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

1984. The Whole Point Of No Return, You're The Best Thing

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Interestingly different

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

I’d like a 4 but meanders a bit too much Some great tunes and great playing

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

A bit weird but enjoyable overall.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

5/10

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

Very unique album with regards to it's style: it's got sophistication, quirk, and playfulness. It's the kinda of style that would be later adopted by Vulfpeck with their more funky stylings. Regardless, there's a lot to like about the album but there are some off choices, such as the hiphop song. It might be the most eclectic album I've heard on the list so far, for better or for worse. It's really side B that leans heavy into it's right turns, so be ready for that. Pretty good otherwise.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

So ecclectic

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Listened to this while on a road trip, the jazzy compositions made for a great distraction from the monotony of road noise. Vocals seemed unnecessary, the instrumentals are where this album really shined. Cafe Bleu deserves to be on a road trip rotation, if not also remarkably appropriate for background music.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
3

loved Mick's Blessings probably my favourite of them all so far

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

5/10

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Very eclectic album. Some jazzy beats, and some more upbeat bops as well

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

It was ok. Insite that I would go back

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Jazz I think? It was all over stylistically.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Good jazzy album

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

This was an interesting one. I like The Jam and I like Paul Weller... and I somehow had no idea this entire project existed. It was a fun record (though A Gospel was realllly bad). I don't think I'd revisit the whole thing but there were some good songs and it was a nice one to discover

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

First song was the best, the rest were okay

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

A mix of Austin Powers, Peter Frampton, Ian Raymond from High Fidelity and much more. This album is like a Jackson Pollock painting, all over the place.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Uma loucura.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Alright, not bad, not my favorite.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Perhaps this was instrumental in that quintessential 80s sound but it just sounded like generic 80s music to me.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

The album was alright. It was a mixture of jazz and pop. The jazz wasn't that good. It is better than a 2 but not quite a 3. However, I will round up because I did not skip any of the songs.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Allegaartje van genres: jazz, hiphop, funky... Leuk om te luisteren, maar niet super

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

I thought I would hate this, but I really didn't. It was pretty crisp "studio jazz" - which is okay in my book. But, it also encompassed a lot of what made the 80s the 80s (for better or worse). This guy has the stereotypical new wave vocals down, and they even through in a little hip-hop. I'm fine with all of it.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

Les chancelliers du style auront tout tenté sur cet album, passant de Willie Nelson à Ice Cube, mais le point qui nous intéressera le plus sera la dixième piste de l'album. Sur cette chanson, les chancelliers vont s'essayer à l'ultra-sexual soul. Mais qu'est ce que l'ultra sexual soul? Si l'on s'arrête sur la page wikipédia de ce genre musical, voici ce que nous trouvons: "L'ultra sexual soul est un genre musical popularisé par Marvin Gaye, dans lequel l'artiste cherche à se présenter de la manière la plus sexuelle possible." Le pari est pris, mais ne parvient malheureusement pas à nous convaincre, l'image de Marvin Gaye flottant au dessus de la chanson. Une prise de risque que l'on salue néammoins.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

Ce qui est amusant avec cet album est qu'après avoir démarré par une ambiance jazz, les Style Council se sont vite orientés vers de l'ultra-sexual-soul, n'arrivant évidemment qu'au quart de la cheville du maître de la discipline, j'ai nommé l'incontestable Marvin Gaye.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

This is..fine? Weird collection of stuff. One of those albums that reminds me this is some random British guy’s list

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Didn't feel like anything special. I didn't hate it or love it. It just is.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

-A totally groovin' riff opens up and continues through "Mick's Blessings" -some violent genre changes between "A Gospel," "Strength of Your Nature," and "You're The Best Thing" -Hinestly the instrumental songs ("Mick's Blessings," "Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse," and "Council Meetin'") were the best songs. They had solid jams. The rest of the tracks didn't really keep up the energy

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Wed May 25 2022
3

Interesting mix of jazz and new wave…with a random hip hop song mixed in?? Each song was quite different which I appreciated, and it was mostly engaging. “My Ever Changing Moods” was familiar. I enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t listen again.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

A little something for everyone.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Yeah, OK, uh-huh.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I mean I’ve never been that crazy on Paul Weller or anything he’s been in but I don’t know it might be good… The album opens with Mick’s blessings, eh just a piano instrumental. Then is the whole point of no return it’s alright just some nice but dull slow jam with no real bang to it. Me ship came in is filled with lots of like clapping noises throughout the song which are alright, again it’s fairly mellow but not as bad as the others I guess even if it’s just an instrumental. Blue cafe is yet another instrumental this time a rather heavenly guitar based thing It’s alright but instrumental tracks are never really my kinda thing. The Paris match is the second song that’s non instrumental this time it’s female sung which works with the kinda relaxed lounge feel of the song and album yeah it’s alright. My ever Changing moods is a non instrumental song it’s probably the only one that’s genuinely satisfied me in the slightest to be honest as most of this album is rather dull. Ending side one is dropping bombs in the whitehouse a stupidly placed song as it’s the only one with any real energy in the whole album so far. It’s alright though just a long energetic instrumental. A gospel at the start of side two is really different though a more funk/ hip hop based track great bassline it’s not my kinda thing but it’s a good surprise. Strength of nature is another change it’s annoying though just so repetitive ( with only 2 lines being sung for most of the song) and after the four minutes it’s rewarding to pass this. You’re the best thing is the biggest song on the album ( not one I recognise though) it’s decent serves as a nice break from the weirdness of side 2 . Here’s one that got away goes for a more “pubby” sound it’s only short but It’s decent. Headstart for happiness is quite fun though a nice pop rock track just nothing much notable. The album ends with council meeting its a short but entertaining instrumental not a favourite but not dreadful. The thing is side one was as dull as dishwater and then side two while tried quite a few of the ideas failed in my eyes so I have to give it a very low 3.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
3

MOR lounge pop that you would hear as background Muzak at a restaurant but done good

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

I have mixed feelings about this album. It is incredibly ambitious and features a wide range of genres including jazz, soul, new wave, and even rap. The lyrics reflect economic anxiety and are very pro working class. However, I’m not convinced that the mix of genres succeeds. The more jazzy moments work well, even if they’re not terribly innovative, but other moments are jarring and seem to be thrown in just for variety’s sake.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

A mix of blue-eyed soul, jazz and modern influences (for the time) made this a more sophisticated, progressive pop album. (6/10) FT: You're the Best Thing, My Ever Changing Moods

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Tue Aug 02 2022
3

First half was great jazz, second half was old school hip hop and new wave 80s pop. Both good, but the transition is very abrupt.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

I like the slow chill tracks

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Je n'étais plus certain à un moment de ce que j'écoutais. Ca va dans tout les sens et c'est difficile à suivre des fois. Les chansons sont quand même très bien faite et elles on toutes un petits quelques choses à leur facon dans tous les styles représentés dans cettealbum. 3.5

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Halfway through I thought it had skipped to a different album but no, ‘twas still The Style Council. Clearly I had different ideas as to what they’re music sounded like.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Bland and inoffensive. Can't even muster up the interest to give it a shit score. 3/5.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

A bit boring imo

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

So weird.. it sounded like many different albums of completely different genres mixed together.. Something was amazing (instrumental jazz), something was annoying (rap??).. mah

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

very interesting album, some of the music was fun & jazzy & made me feel like i was sitting in a cafe, some of it was up beat & poppy, i enjoyed it all

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Very schizophrenic album. They should have stayed with the jazz tunes, I felt they did those best

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Cool piano forward jazz-pop stylings. A Gospel is fucking bullshit. Here's One That Got Away is very Goo Goo Dolls.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

What even is this? This sounds like Nurse With Wound's Huffin' Rag Blues, but minus all the experimentation and humor. It's just a cavalcade of jazz vomit. Nothing sounds terrible, but it's like AI-generated art. The closer you look at it, the more it just reveals itself to be nothing.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

Was expecting a rock album, instead got a jazz-blues pop fusion. Very soulful. A couple of really solid stripped down ballads. Definitely can tell it was made when it was. A gospel was a hip hop song also. Interesting. For some reason it went with the album too. Probably wouldn’t come back to this album to play any specific song but it’s a good album nonetheless.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Really interesting eclectic mix of styles. I didn't realize that this was Paul Weller of The Jam before. I definitely like some tracks more than others but overall a cool listen.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

3.5/5. First time hearing the whole album. A couple classics and the reat are really good.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Another repeat from the dozen or so I listened to before starting a group - I quite enjoyed it at the time and it was a notable contrast to the music by Weller I was familiar with, but I also really didn't feel any desire to relisten to this even though it was nearly a year now since the first go through, which I guess says something about the album... idk, not enough for me to drop it to a 2, let's keep the rating as it was

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

This is a brave LP, with its mixed bag of jazz, funk and soul, not quite a U-turn for Paul Weller, since The Jam was moving toward a more R&B sound on their final album. “My Ever-Changing Moods” would have been a good title track, since there’s no shortage of variety, as songs jump from one genre to another. I like the straight-up, swinging jazz tunes like “My Ship Came In” and ballads like the title track and “Paris Match”. They sound less convincing with funk. The arrangements are good but the song-writing and chanty choruses don’t appeal to me.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Ihan vekkulia paikoin ja välillä kivaa fiilistelyä. Tykkäsin, mutta en tiiä meneekö uudelleen kuunteluun.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
2

I'm not really sure why this album is on the list. It's jazz/easy listening that isn't particularly innovative or influential. Even the review in the book damns it with faint praise. It's not bad, I guess? Best track: You're The Best Thing

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Mon Nov 09 2020
2

Kinda weird mix of stuff. Some nice and/or groovy parts, but mostly bad.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Not great

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

I liked parts of this album (the song with Tracy Thorn singing was great), but other parts not so much. Started much stronger than it finished. Feels like it's trying to be too many things - Paul Weller stepped out of his comfort zone in a few places on this record, and it shows. The rap and funk efforts in the mid-section of the album, in particular, are horrible clichés. In fact, the entire back end of the album sounds like a series of poorly executed parodies of a range of genres, but I get the impression they were supposed to be sincere... which makes it that much worse. I definitely won't be coming back to this one.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Alright

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

I guess 'eclectic' is the right word to describe this. Some of it I enjoyed but most of it not so much. A couple of the songs were super repetitive and annoying. 2 stars.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Lack of focus in genre and direction made it difficult to get through.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

not my cup of whatever sugary drink this is

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